Grow Your Handmade Business : How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business, Paperback

Grow Your Handmade Business : How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business Paperback

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This is a complete guide for the creative hobbyist who wants to take the next step and quit his or her day job to make a living from a creative passion.

Part coaching handbook, part practical nuts-and-bolts guidebook to developing a business plan that will work and be sustainable.

Kari Chapin has spent the past 15 years working in marketing, publicity, and community relations and as a buyer, crafter, and stylist.

She is the author of "The Handmade Marketplace" and offers a popular line of e-courses.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, two colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Advice on careers & achieving success
  • ISBN: 9781603429894



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Properly speaking, this book should have been called "Sprout Your Handmade Business." It's about building your business from the pre-conceptual stage, not about growing an existing business. The first half is entirely "What do I want to do? How do I think out my plan?"; half thought exercise and half inspirational talk. Not really for me, so I skipped it.<br/><br/>Part Two touched on keeping accounts, registering your business, taxes, overhead, etc. This was why I picked up the book. Only, the content was so vague it could have been boiled down into a five-page tip sheet titled "Stuff you need to check off to make sure your local tax authority doesn't show up at your doorstep; also, you need to make sure you have a functional workplace and can pay your employees if you have any." I understand why an introduction to starting a craft business wouldn't want to discuss codes and regulations that are regional or could change from year to year, and I wasn't expecting it to, but I did expect more content. Very, very light on information. Disappointing overall, but I'm also clearly not the target audience.

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